Petra's Art Hub Create Earrings Using Pyrography

Create Earrings Using Pyrography

01/17/2022


The art of pyrography has been around for a long time and the process of using a heated metal pen to burn images into wood. Tracing the skill of woodburning throughout history, you’ll note that artists through various regions in this world have used this skill to express their creativity not only on wood but also leather, tagua nut, and gourds.

And just like the art has evolved so have the tools you use to create a variety of effects just by changing out the tips and even the heat temperature. I started woodburning in 2005 with a solid heated pen you can purchase at your local craft store but quickly upgraded to a temperature-controlled tool for more control. And with the different tips now available you can make lines as thin or thick as you like.

Last year sometimes I purchased about 500 different small wood slices with the initial intent to make necklaces, like the ones you see in the pictures, and then a few weeks ago I was inspired to create earrings.

To get started you will want to find two wood slices close in diameter and then I used a pencil to sketch in the design. It’s a lot easier doing it by hand than trying to use graphite paper and tracing something on a piece of wood that is maybe a .5 inch in diameter.

I used the smallest tip I have available to then trace my sketch, add in details like you see with the feather earrings. For some earrings, I used oil pencils as you can see with the mushroom earrings.

Once all that was done, I drilled a small hole into the top of the earring, brushed on mod podge, and after that dried added another layer of polyurethane.

Once everything was tried properly, I added the jumping and ear wire, and voila we have has some earrings!

With a little imagination and the art of pyrography, you can make some amazing earrings to wear yourself or give as gifts to family and friends!


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I was born in Bad Homburg, Germany. Growing up in foster care I spend a lot of time alone creating art or writing stories. In 1992, when I became pregnant, I discovered crochet and emersed myself in the craft. I also immigrated to the US and throughout the years, I explored various mediums of art – such as macrame, cross-stitch, and painting - while raising my kids. In 2005, I wanted to create my own wood beads and discovered the wood-burner and fell in love with it. It’s at the same time I had the nudge to start my handmade business part-time with the intention to be full-time someday.

But life derailed for a little while, as I became a special needs parent, enrolled in online college twice, and am the proud owner of a B.S. in Accounting and an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling – which eventually led me to start my coaching + consulting business.  

Throughout the years I kept coming back to three mediums: coloring, crochet, and wood-burning, and am now balancing two businesses! With most of the kids creating their own lives and only the youngest left, I get to create art and teach people how to make art, while also helping people with their goals. It’s having the cake and eating it too!

I live in Central Virginia with tons of inspiration out of my backyard, the blue ridge mountains, and the events I attend!

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